Our Holy Week services are displayed on the attractive poster attached to this email (thank you, Jeremy Law!).
Holy Tuesday, 22 March
No p-café this week.
Holy Wednesday, 23 March
No HG this week.
Maundy Thursday, 24 March
8u30: Morning Prayer in the Prayer-room, Faculteit Theologie KU Leuven. This is a book-free zone and we use this app from the Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer.aspx
20u: Maundy Thursday Mass, led by the JLC Catholic community, to which we are all warmly invited.
Good Friday, 25 March
11u: Morning Prayer in church, followed by silent prayer and meditation.
12u30: Simple lunch (provided) in the sacristy, followed by silent prayer and meditation in church.
15u: Stations of the Cross in the Mariapark, Bankstraat, led by Scott McColl.
20u: Good Friday Service in church, led by Jack. The Passion Reading (attached) will be read again. Our preacher is Jeremy Heuslein (KU Leuven doctoral student working on Merleau-Ponty and torture, and outreach worker at the Anglican cathedral in Brussels), who will preach on the torture of Jesus. The intercessions are led by Jane. The service is a quiet, meditative service.
Easter Eve, Saturday 26 March
20u: We are welcome to join the JLC Catholic Community for their celebration of the Easter Vigil.
Easter Day, Sunday 27 March
13u: Bring and share lunch at Sarah Jones' (same venue as HG), followed by an Easter walk.
18u30: Easter Communion. This is the principal festival of the Christian year and the only service when even the average Anglican parish uses incense. We begin our service in the JLC garden, with the lighting of the paschal candle and the burning of the prayers we wrote together on Palm Sunday. We process into church with the singing of the great Easter hymn the Exsultet, then continue the service by singing the Gloria for the first time since the Sunday before Lent. Jack will preach, continuing our series on Job by preaching on Job 19:25 ("I know that my Redeemer lives"). Communion follows, and the service ends with the distribution of Easter eggs, a sign of a broken and defeated tomb and of new life in Christ.
The M&Ms Pilgrimage to Canterbury will take place from Easter Monday to Easter Wednesday. Jack will email participants this week with further details. All places on the pilgrimage are now taken.
Easter Week and the week after are the university Easter holidays, so there is no p-café, HG, morning prayer or Bible study during these two weeks.
Sunday 3 April is Low Sunday (not "low" because anyone is depressed - it's the season of Easter - but because the Latin word "laudate" ("praise") has been corrupted into English as "low"!). Following extensive canvassing of opinion on Palm Sunday, it is clear that the attendance on Low Sunday will be about 3 people because everyone is away. We have therefore decided to cancel the service that day and to postpone the Annual General Meeting of the parish to Sunday 24 April at 17u30, when there will be enough people present to make formal decisions and elect new members of the church councils.
Our next Sunday service will therefore be on Sunday 10 April at 18u30.
- This week's articles:
- Here is an excellent and interesting interview with Rowan Williams, the last archbishop of Canterbury before Justin Welby, now returned to academic life in Cambridge: https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2016/18-march/features/interviews/interview-rowan-williamstheologian-master-of-magdalene-college-cambridge
- Here is another super interview with Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the USA: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/us/episcopal-church-michael-curry-gay-marriage-racial-justice.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1
- Those who attended my lecture in KU Leuven before Christmas on the great ecumenical, anti-Nazi and anti-obliteration-bombing-of-Dresden Anglican bishop George Bell might be interested to read this website, which casts grave doubts on the process by which Bishop Bell's reputation has recently been soiled and destroyed as a result of an allegation of child abuse which appears increasingly unsafe: http://www.georgebellgroup.org/
With best wishes for a prayerful and blessed Holy Week,
The Christian charities supported by our parish:
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